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Discover more about Tobar an Dualchais/Kist o Riches in the blogs published here, which cover a wide range of fascinating subjects from the website. We also publish information about our events, projects and resources in this section. Blogs are added on a regular basis so please re-visit this section to view the latest ones and keep up to date with what we’re doing.

07.01.21

The journey of the swelling hag

Traditional tales and legends form a rich line of inquiry in folklore. In the Highlands and Islands, the rich collections of oral lore made from the 1850s to the present day present a valuable opportunity to consider how and why Gaelic folklore is passed down and adapted through time.

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07.12.20

Landmark Anniversary for Tobar an Dualchais/Kist o Riches

Tobar an Dualchais/Kist o Riches (TAD) is celebrating ten years this week since the launch of its oral heritage website. There were 10,000 recordings available on the site when it was officially launched in Edinburgh on 8 December 2010 and this number has now risen to almost 45, 000.

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01.12.20

The sea wanted to be visited

Living in sight of the Minch and Atlantic, it may seem unsurprising that sea fisheries have headed up the UK’s latest negotiations to leave the EU. But as the proverb has it: Dh’ iarr a’ mhuir a bhith ga tadhal (‘The sea wanted to be visited’).

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01.11.20

Tobar and Dualchais and the Gaelic Sacred Soundscape

Gaelic psalmody is a beautiful, haunting form of music which is unique to the Scots Gaelic speaking world, now mostly within West Highlands and Western Isles and the Gaelic diaspora in our major cities, but in the past spanning across the Gàidhealtachd.

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01.10.20

Plural Futures Archive Residency

Throughout September 2020, performance artist Catherine Weir took part in the newly launched Plural Futures Archive Residency with Tobar an Dualchais and ATLAS Arts, making a series of creative responses to the online collection.

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07.09.20

Collaborative Project Reaps Rewards for Gaelic

A collaborative project between Faclair na Gàidhlig and Tobar an Dualchais/Kist o Riches (TAD) has resulted in a significant amount of oral material being added to Faclair na Gàidhlig’s corpus. A pilot study undertaken by the two bodies produced a list of over 1,200 Gaelic words and phrases of interest which were sourced from audio recordings on the TAD website.

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